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Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

99 years! They don't mess about do they? Bloody right too, for such a despicable act.

Still, I have to say, Martinez will be kicking himself (awesome pun, thank you), that he didn't post an apology on Twitter straight after the game.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I don't think Watson can have any complaints here. You can't blame the sly run by Ashton, he (Ashton) didn't change the direction of his run, which is what would count as blocking. He changed his pace, but that's allowed. It's the kind of thing that is done several times per game.

I'm not happy with Watson remonstrating with the fourth official like that. Very footballery.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I believe that is the Argentinian translation of "He's off his feet Sir".

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Aviva Premiership Tries of the Week for Round 18

Nah, it's the Bath one at the end for me. Tighthead prop sidestepping, beating defenders and providing a lovely soft pass to put the bloke through for an easy run-in is a sight to behold.

On the first one, (finished by Wray), was De Kock on for a hat-trick or something? That pass at the end had a strong scent of "jug avoidance"...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Graphic: The Most Popular Rugby Boots in the 2016 Six Nations

Clearly I'm not Mr Current Affairs in this area, but I didn't think blades allowed for rugby, because of the danger of lacerations etc. Was that ever the case? If so, when did it change?

Haven't had the pleasure of playing rugby on artificial turf yet, can't say I'm enthralled by the prospect either. Bad enough playing on parched, hard ground in summer - I use my cheapo astro-turf football boots in those conditions, (economy ones bought for under £20 several years ago from my favourite unpleasant mass retailer, naturally). That seems to work fine and is quite kind on the soles of the feet too. Having said that, they don't protect very well against some fat bastard treading on your foot with his studded boot.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

That's the one!
Love a good vertical jump.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Graphic: The Most Popular Rugby Boots in the 2016 Six Nations

I beg to differ Mr Ten.

I've had the same pair of black Sondicos, bought from Sports Direct over three years ago for about £16. Have delivered plenty of tries scored, touchfinders finding touch, conversions stroked over, tackles made and mauls contributed to. Still going strong, albeit missing a few studs from each boot. (A minor inconvenience).

My previous pair were also under £20, again in the sale at Mike Ashley's emporium of shite. Well, I say "pair", probably should be "pairs", because they were so shoddily made that the eyelet for the laces split after a single use, so they were taken back for a swap three times. It was great, literally like wearing a brand new pair of boots every game.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

What a lovely soft pass at the end of all that. I would say he put it on a plate for Du Plessis but to be fair young Bismarck still had a bit of work to do and finished brilliantly.

As for the tackling, I'd be more impressed if any of them had managed to effect a decent tackle in a bloke that size moving that fast and then having the cheek to throw in some audacious sidesteps as well.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

Likewise. Good to see him back. As well as that sprint time, I remember one of those behind-the-scenes training videos where he was doing an insanely high vertical jump - bench set almost at ear-height.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

Neutrality doesn't necessarily make you right! Unless you're the ref.

4 Months, 1 Day ago